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Poster: billydlions Date: Mar 29, 2010 4:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: good things about the 80's (for the haties)


I'm not sure I can agree or disagree with the premise of your question/statement. I've read that when Phil's on, the whole band is on or when Jerry is on, etc etc.

Sometimes I even wonder about statements that Phil is on when it's simply Phil is higher in the mix than normal. (and of course there are shows where he seems to be more active). I think it's safe to say that Jerry needed to be challenged and usually rose to the occasion when he was pushed by Keith, Brent, Phil, Bruce, Branford, etc.

I think 3-9-81 is the best show of the 80's. 9-4-80 ranks high on my list as does 8-10-82. The common denominator that I see is Jerry's playing, so I would lean toward the statement that when Jerry is on it'll be a good show. Perhaps it was the drummers that inspired him? Keys? I really don't know but I'm glad to see some 80's supporters around here.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Mar 29, 2010 5:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: good things about the 80's (for the haties)

3-9-81 is a great show. 3-2-81 is also Fantastic - the opening Shakedown is very well delivered. Once again, I will have to throw in 9-5-82 (at the very least for the opening Playin > Shakedown).

I too have heard about when Phil is on the band is on, but I just wanted to share an observation about the tightness of the drummers being very inspiring. My biggest gripe with the 80's, apart from Jerry's decline, is when the drummers overplay and make everything way too busy. When Billy and Mickey hit the 1 together all is well :)